‘Girls Gone Wild’ founder Joe Francis, 45, says his estranged wife, 33, has ‘kidnapped’ his twin daughters, seven, in Mexico – but she claims she has ‘full, temporary custody’
‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator Joe Francis claims that his wife has ‘kidnapped’ their twin daughters in Mexico and has ignored court orders to let him see them, but her lawyer hit back on Wednesday saying his client has full, temporary custody.
Francis, 45, posted on Instagram on December 25 that ‘Santa Claus came today all the way from the North Pole’ to deliver gifts for Alexandria and Athena, both 7, but then was ‘so sad when he found out that you were kidnapped and not here at @casaaramara [Casa Aramara resort].’
Francis, who had been arrested in August on domestic violence charges, made sure to tag the Casa Aramara resort that he built in the beach town of Punta de Mita, Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta.
Abbey Wilson (left) claims that her husband Joe Francis has kicked her out of his house and refuses to provide financial support to raise their seven-year-old twin girls
A lawyer for Joe Francis’s estranged wife Abbey Wilson says she has full, temporary custody of the couple’s twin seven-year-old daughters Athena and Alexandra
Celebrity website TMZ reported Wednesday that Francis has reportedly not seen his seven-year-old twin daughters since before the holiday, which he claims is a violation of a court order.
The report goes on to quote unspecified court documents that claim the mom is violent and the trio is living with another man at an unknown address in Mexico.
The site’s sources said that the mother, Abbey Wilson, 33, whom Francis met while conducting a ‘Search for the Hottest Girls in America’ contest in 1997, could be charged with kidnapping – which her lawyer later refuted.
Ronald Richards later told the Daily Mail that Francis has been ‘physically and verbally abusive’ and the mother has ‘full, temporary custody.’
He said that the common law couple are currently in the process of arranging custody visits for Francis, but it has taken a while to iron out the details because they live five hours apart.
‘The kidnapping claim is just ridiculous,’ Richards said. ‘If someone physically hurts you, you move out and you don’t give them your address.’
Wilson’s lawyer also claimed Francis hasn’t provided financial support in over a year.
The couple had been living at Francis’s beach resort near Puerto Vallarta because he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in the U.S. based on a bankruptcy case, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In August, Francis was arrested on domestic violence charges when he allegedly became verbally and physically violent after an unnamed woman refused to inject him with vitamins.
Richards said that Wilson was that woman.
When she allegedly refused to get too close to him, he began to scream at her that she was an ‘evil b****’ and a ‘w****’ who he hoped rotted.
Francis told the woman that he was kicking her out of Casa Aramara when she tried to get away from him, according to a report by the Sun.
He told her that she didn’t care about him, but that she’d now care because ‘she’s infected as well,’ according to the report. Francis had tested positive for COVID-19, the report said.
Francis allegedly stepped on her head and put all of his weight on her body, wringing her neck and spitting in her face again, before telling her to leave the house.
He then pulled her down the hallway causing her head to bounce on the floor, the report said.
Francis was arrested and jailed for the incident until September 8, but the charges were eventually dropped after the victim issued a statement of forgiveness and he agree to undergo psychological treatment.
Both Francis and Wilson have complained bitterly about each other and their parenting styles on social media. Pictured: Francis with his daughters
Wilson said on her Instagram account that the marriage was anything but happy.
‘We live in fear on a daily basis. My ex has not provided financial support in over a year, he does not help with their education, their medical bills, housing, food, or ANYTHING,’ she wrote on November 6.
‘He stole our home, ALL of our clothes and personal belongings, he stole our car from my parking garage, and has made it clear I am not safe in Mexico. I have faith that the Mexican government, judges, and various hard working people overseeing our case will do the right thing. No one should ever have to go through this. I will be going public with my story soon and sharing (what I am legally allowed to share) to protect myself and my children.’
Francis has also vented his custody issues on social media.
‘Hopefully this ordeal will be over for you soon,’ he posted on November 20. ‘I can’t imagine what your mother has put you through. Its so sad what she did to you. It’s time for you to come home now.
DailyMail.com reached out to both Francis and Wilson.
Abbey Wilson took to Instagram to complain about her husband Joe Francis
Girls Gone Wild Creator posted this photo of his daughter with a comment griping about their custody dispute